Fenian
noun Etymology: Fen- (probably in part from Middle Irish Féni freeholders, legendary settlers of Ireland, in part from Irish fiann, genitive singular féinne band of warriors) + -ian Date: 1816 1. a member of a legendary band of warriors defending Ireland in the second and third centuries A.D. 2. a member of a secret 19th century Irish and Irish-American organization dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland • Fenian adjectiveFenianism noun

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  • fenian — ● fenian, feniane adjectif et nom (anglais fenian, de l irlandais fianna) Se disait du mouvement révolutionnaire de la Fraternité républicaine irlandaise. ⇒FENIAN, (FENIAN, FÉNIAN)subst. masc. Membre d une association politique américano… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fenian — fenián s. n. (sil. ni an), pl. feniéni (sil. ni eni) Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  FENIÁN s.m. Adept al unui partid politic irlandez întemeiat în 1861, care avea ca ţel principal eliberarea Irlandei de sub dominaţia… …   Dicționar Român

  • Fenian — Fe ni*an, n. [From the Finians or Fenii, the old militia of Ireland, who were so called from Fin or Finn, Fionn, or Fingal, a popular hero of Irish traditional history.] A member of a secret organization, consisting mainly of Irishmen, having for …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fenian — Fe ni*an, a. Pertaining to Fenians or to Fenianism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fenian — 1816, blend of O.Ir. feinne, pl. of fiann, name of a band of Irish warriors + O.Ir. Fene, name of the ancient inhabitants of Ireland. Reference to Irish American brotherhood of that name first attested 1864 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Fenian — [fē′nē ən, fēn′yən] n. [< pl. of Ir Gael Fiann, the old militia of Ireland, after Finn, Fionn, hero of Irish tradition: assoc. with OIr fēne, inhabitant of Ireland] 1. any of a group of legendary military heroes of ancient Ireland ☆ 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Fenian — The Fenians, both the Fenian Brotherhood and Irish Republican Brotherhood, were fraternal organisations dedicated to the establishment of an independent Irish Republic in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The name Fenians was first… …   Wikipedia

  • Fenian — Fénien Fénien (anglais : fenian) désigne généralement et depuis la fin du XIXe siècle les nationalistes irlandais qui choisissent la violence pour lutter contre la présence britannique. Il fait également référence aux membres de l Irish …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Fenian — noun fē nē ən|fēn′yən a) An or . b) A member of the or the , Irish republican organizations active in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Syn: taig, Tim See Also: Fenian Cycle …   Wiktionary

  • fenian — (entrée créée par le supplément) (fé ni an) adj. m. Feu fenian, sulfure de carbone tenant en dissolution du phosphore ; c est une composition inflammable …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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